Just shy of 11 square miles, St. Louis Park packs a lot into its city limits – parks, bike trails, excellent schools and, of course, multiple Target stores. If you happen to drive over to this western suburb for a shopping trip at Trader Joe’s or the Nordic Ware factory store, stay for a meal or two. Though chain restaurants abound, there are several local establishments that will fill your belly with delicious, affordable food. And you don’t even have to leave Minnetonka Blvd.
Breakfast – Sure, you could grab a muffin and coffee at Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, but doesn’t a fresh waffle sound better? Harvest Moon Coffee Shop serves up malted waffles with a decadent array of toppings, as well as breakfast burritos, oatmeal and assorted pastries. Marshmallow mochas are among the current offerings at the coffee bar, but you can get your usual latte, cappuccino or drip coffee, too. [952.922.BREW / 5101 Minnetonka Blvd.]
Lunch – Who could pass up Mom’s meat loaf? Not St. Louis Park residents, who flock to Yum! Kitchen and Bakery for comfort food like chicken pot pie and macaroni and cheese. Fresh salads, seasonal soups and sandwiches on scratch-made bread round out the kitchen side of the menu, and the bakery counter never fails to entice. Don’t miss the Patti Cake (chocolate cake with buttercream icing) and grab an extra fork – you’ll want to share this rich, retro dessert. You can also pick up a variety of breads and treats to bring home, though for challah, head over to neighboring Fishman’s. [952.922.4000 / 4000 Minnetonka Blvd.]
Dinner – If you’re a fan of Thom Pham’s Azia on Eat Street, don’t miss Thanh Do, its suburban cousin. Cleverly hidden behind a dry cleaners, its spicy pan-Asian cuisine is a neighborhood favorite. Chicken pad thai may seem an uninspired choice when faced with a long and diverse menu, but Thanh Do’s take on the dish won’t disappoint. Those red flakes scattered across the chicken and rice noodles mean business – be sure your water glass is full before taking a bite. The curries are also a stand-out – try the Vietnamese curry coconut with your choice of tofu, mock duck, chicken or beef. [952.935.5005 / 3005 Utah Ave. South]